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Flowering Nutrition

Week 1 During week 1 of flowering there is an essential need for nitrogen. Nitrogen will help promote explosive growing in the stretch period. Therefore, you need to apply approximately 1 TBS per 3 to 5-gallon planter to promote great stretch growth. Keep applying all the other essential nutrient you would normally feed with. Week…

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Soil Tips For Carrots

1. Prepare a Cozy Bed Depending on the variety, carrots can plunge down 7 or 8 inches into the soil. This means that for straight, uniform roots, a deep seed bed is an absolute necessity. Carrots grow best in loose, friable soil tilled to a depth of 10 to 12 inches, and because they’ll fork…

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Soil For Potatoes

Soil Quality Potatoes grow best in loose, well-drained loam soil. Heavy clay soil retains too much moisture and tends to become hard as it dries, which can eventually slow water absorption and make it difficult for tubers to grow. Sandy soil drains too quickly, which can result in drought stress unless you water often. Garden…

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Growing Cucumbers

1: Encourage Healthy Soil The soil for cucumbers should be rich, but not heavy. One month before planting, amend the soil with compost and manure, and loosen it with a digging fork or broadfork in the no-till garden. If you don’t have access to homemade compost or local livestock manure, adding store-bought worm castings to…

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Potassium and Peppers

Want to keep your garden growing strong during the fruiting and flowering process? Giving your plants the right amount of potassium is key. During heavy fruiting and flowering, plants can deplete the potassium in the root zone quickly, sometimes in as little as three or four days. Potassium is a catalyst for carbohydrate metabolism, so if…

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Squash

Squash and pH pH refers to the acidity or alkalinity of soil. A pH of 7.0 indicates neutral soil, while anything lower is acidic and anything higher is alkaline. Like most garden vegetables, squash prefers slightly acidic soil. The ideal pH range for squash is between 5.5 and 6.8. Squash plants generally survive in a…

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Strawberries

In the first year, pick off blossoms to discourage strawberry plants from fruiting. If not allowed to bear fruit, they will spend their food reserves on developing healthy roots. The yields will be much greater in the second year. Eliminate daughter plants as needed. First and second generations produce higher yields. Try to space each…

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Secondary Nutrients (Macronutrients)

  Calcium, magnesium, and sulfur are essential plant nutrients. They are called “secondary” nutrients because plants require them in smaller quantities than nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. On the other hand, plants require these nutrients in larger quantities than the “micronutrients” such as boron and molybdenum. Calcium, magnesium, and sulfur are generally adequate in most Mississippi…

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Effect of Heat on Plants

In our own gardens and yards, some plants performed poorly even though we could water them. Tomatoes, for example, will drop blossoms and not set fruit if temperatures are over 90 degrees. In Arizona where temperatures soared above 120 degrees, some plants died even with irrigation. Whether global climate change is a long-term or a…

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Purpose of Neem Cake

Neem seed meal is more cost efficient because the fertilizer in them lasts longer. The Neem seed meal remains effective until the next crop is planted because of its long sustaining organic fertilizer compounds too. This, in turn, cuts the cost of having to add extra nutrients; always a bonus. This soil amendment is twofold.…

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